TITLE: Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress
SPEAKER: Harry Katz, Frank Ceresi, Phil Michel, Susan Reyburn, Wilson McBee
EVENT DATE: 04/12/2010
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
The world's largest collection of things related to baseball is housed at the Library of Congress, and a new, lavishly illustrated history of the sport features more than 350 of the best items in the collections, some dating as far back as the late 1700s. From baseball's biggest stars to street urchins, from its most newsworthy stories to sandlot and Little League games, "Baseball Americana" examines baseball's hardscrabble origins, rich cultural heritage and uniquely American character.
Speaker Biography: Harry Katz served as Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Art and Head Curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress from 1991 until 2004. An expert on American graphic art, Katz curated two dozen exhibitions at the Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Frank Ceresi served as the Curator and Executive Director of Collections for the MCI National Sports Gallery, the country's first all-sports museum, from 1997 to 2001. As curator, he was responsible for the entire National Sports Gallery artifact and memorabilia collection. Ceresi has written extensively on the history of sports and the value of sports artifacts for several sports publications.
Speaker Biography: Phil Michel manages the Library's Prints and Photographs archive of more than 1 million digital images.
Speaker Biography: Susan Reyburn is a writer-editor in the Publishing Office at the Library of Congress. Reyburn has authored and co-authored several books on various Americana topics.
SERIES: Books & Beyond